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7 Africans feature on the BBC 100 Women list 2017

The BBC has revealed some of the inspirational individuals who have been chosen for inclusion on the BBC 100 Women list 2017. This year, out of the sixty women listed, seven are African

Taken from across all spheres of modern life – from engineering to the creative industries, from sport to business – they represent the global wealth of female talent. But in a new twist the list launched is only part of the story.  

The list has been inspired by the BBC 100 Women Challenge. New for 2017 this is a unique celebration of female talent which sees four teams of women tasked with finding solutions to everyday problems currently blighting female lives across the globe. From October 2nd – 6th women based in Silicon Valley will tackle the glass ceiling; from October 9th -13th the Delhi team are looking at female illiteracy; from October 16th -20th safety on public transport will be the focus for the  London and Nairobi team; and finally from October 23rd -27th women in Rio will consider sexism in sport.

Today 60 women who are working or campaigning in these fields or who have inspired others through their actions are being celebrated.

These include:

  • Astronaut Peggy Whitson (57) –  Having made three trips to the International Space Station, Peggy has spent more time in space than any other United States astronaut.
  • President of Chile Michelle Bachelet (65) – The first female to hold office in the history of her country.
  • President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (78) – the 24th and current President of Liberia since 2006 and the first elected female head of state in Africa.
  • Dancer, TV star and business owner Jin Xing (50) – Known as China’s answer to Oprah Winfrey, Jin Xing was the first transgender woman in China to receive government approval for gender reassignment.
  • Footballer Steph Houghton (29) – Captain of Manchester City FC and the England women’s football team.
  • Acid attack survivor Resham Khan (21) – UK student blogging about her recovery
  • Harvard social psychologist and bestselling author Amy Cuddy (45) – known for her research on body language. She delivered the second most-viewed TED talk of all time.
  • Politician and entrepreneur Susi Pudjiastuti (52) – A successful entrepreneur, Susi is also Indonesia’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
  • UK activist Liz Kelly (65) – active in the field of violence against women and children for 40 years, professor of sexualised violence at London Metropolitan University, where she is also director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit.
  • Education entrepreneur Anne-Marie Imafidon (28)  – CEO & ‘Head Stemette’ at Stemettes seeking to inspire the next generation of women to go into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell (37) – winner of the US $1million Global Teacher Prize 2017.
  • Singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage (37) – integral member of the Afrobeats scene and Nigerian philanthropist.
  • Broadcaster and activist Adelle Onyango (28) – Kenyan radio and television host seeking to empower young women through mentorship and apprenticeship programmes.
  • Author and poet Rupi Kaur (24) Canadian-Indian author and illustrator writes on themes including love, loss, trauma, healing and femininity.
  • Cricketer Mithali Raj (34) – Captain of Indian Women’s Cricket Team
  • Disability Rights Activist Virali Modi (25) – campaigning to make railways more accessible to disabled women in India.

Comedian, model and disability rights campaigner Nawaal Akram (18) – founder of Muscular Dystrophy Middle East, and promotes rights for women with disabilities in the Middle East.

The remaining 40 places will then be decided as the challenge progresses, drawn from those who have supported, inspired and helped the teams on the ground over the course of the weeks. They might be someone working on a solution on the other side of the world; the woman who suggested the piece of code; the woman who named the campaign; or the woman who, by courageously sharing her story, inspired the solution.

The list of 60 women can be viewed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-41380265.The complete list will then be revealed after the final challenge at the end of October.

As audience participation is a cornerstone of the challenge, there is opportunity for other inspiring women to be included. The teams will want to hear directly from women affected by the issues they are tackling and find out what solutions may have already been tried. Viewers and listeners will be able to get involved in via social media with @BBC100Women and #100Women, online at www.bbc.com/100women .

Introducing Myra Kay and debut single ‘Dance The Night Away’

With an infectious innocent smile and voice she answered when I asked ‘how long have you been singing for? She said; ‘I have been singing ever since I was about 6 years old, whilst living in Atlanta Georgia with my family…’

‘Ms Myra Kyeremeh’ being her official birth name is popularly known as ‘Myra Kay’ in the music circles and amongst peers as her stage and artistic name was born in Atlanta, USA to Mr and Ms Kyeremeh some nineteen years ago. Myra Kay, now in her late teens, moved back to Ghana at the age of five years where she continued her education at the nursery and primary level until she was thirteen years old when she was moved back to the United States, Atlanta Georgia to stay with the rest of the family. In Georgia she completed her high school education and is currently pursuing multiple degree programmes in the States.

After realising her God given talent she made an effort to developed her vocal and writing capabilities over the years, now a solid promising up and coming female musician with a wealth of exciting musical and acting talents with lots of energy .Myra Kay’s dream, she said, ‘is to be able to influence and help people from all walks of life across the world with her music and message’. She further went on to disclose her intentions and ultimate hope to become ‘one of the biggest female musicians in Ghana and across the globe’. Myra also hinted during the interview that she will love to collaborate with the like of Efya, Raquel, Becca whom she listened to when growing up; she went on to expand the list to include Mr.Eazi , Koredo Bello, Nanso Amandi, Tiwa Savage, Wiz Kid, Davido and many many more renowned musicians across Ghana and Africa .

With a strong conviction she said, ‘Music has always been my number one passion and I put that passion and energy into every song each and every time I write music. My mother has been my biggest inspiration of all time, growing up she exposed me to many songs and artist alike due to her personal love for music, she will ask me severally to sing for her when I was a little girl, Myra Kay lamented. She intends to use her music to educate and touch lives of her small but growing following in Ghana and across the world.

Myra Kay is currently an independent artist ready with her first official single audio and video written, co-produced and directed by her, titled ‘Dance The Night Away‘. The online release was on the 13 Of April, 2017, in Atlanta Georgia and across the world via the YouTube platform and other online digital streaming platforms.

Myra Kay is currently in talks with BlackStar SR Entertainment to finalise a recording and management deal to take her to the next level of her young but promising music carrier. I got the opportunity to ask the C.E.O of the label Mr .Stephen Creppy about the possibilities of working with such a new budding talent, he said ‘Well, we are very experienced in the music industry so far us the Ghana industry is concerned and we also come with a wealth of experience from the international scene and this reflects in all our products and services, if we do reach a consensus it will be a match made in heaven ,Ghana and the world will now have another quality product musically from the camp of BlackStar SR Entertainment’.

Watch ‘Dance the Night Away’ below!